MSNBC Hypes Dem Stunt: Would You Get Arrested Again ‘If You Had To’

On Wednesday’s edition of Jose Diaz-Balart Reports MSNBC’s guest host Lindsey Reiser invited Rep. Sara Jacobs to discuss her Tuesday arrest as part of an act in front the Supreme Court. Instead of asking about the unserious and unintentionally hilarious theatrical elements of it, Reiser asked if she would be willing to do it all again “if you had to.”

Resiser kicked off the segment by reporting, “More than a dozen House Democrats were arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court while protesting the Court’s ruling last month, overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. U.S. Capitol Police say the lawmakers were among 35 people detained yesterday afternoon for blocking a street in front of the High Court building.”

 

 

They also raised their fists in the air while pretending to be handcuffed, but Reiser didn’t mention that. Instead, she introduced Jacobs and wondered, “Why did you and your colleagues decide to go out and commit civil disobedience, as you put it?”

After promoting abortion, Jacobs tried to blame pro-life states for her own fear-mongering, “You know, this fight is currently being fought on people’s bodies across this country. We are hearing horrific stories of people in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms who can’t get the care they need.”

She then continued with the unintentional hilarity by claiming “it only felt right for those of us who are in Congress, for those of us who have power, to put our bodies on the line to fight and protect for those who can’t do that right now.”

Jacobs did not interview her from jail, she was doing it from Congress. In fact, her video of laughter and smiles while in detention at the same moment that her body was being put on the line.

Still, Reiser was willing to help Jacobs pretend like she did something brave, “Is this the first time you’ve been arrested for doing something like this? And would you be willing to do it again, if you had to?”

“Had to” makes it seem as if she could possibly accomplish something other than making a fool out of herself and getting a softball MSNBC interview. For her part, Jacobs claimed, “It was my first time. I got some very angry text messages from my parents after, but, look, I think that we are in an incredibly important fight about the fundamental rights of at least half of our population.”

While there is no legal right to abortion, unfortunately, for most of us, we don’t have the right to elect serious members to Congress.

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The transcript of the July 20th show is available here:

MSNBC Jose Diaz-Balart Reports

7/20/2022

10.29 am ET

LINDSEY REISER – It is 29 minutes past the hour. More than a dozen House Democrats were arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court while protesting the Court’s ruling last month, overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. U.S. Capitol Police say the lawmakers were among 35 people detained yesterday afternoon for blocking a street in front of the High Court building. With us, one of the lawmakers who was arrested yesterday, California Congresswoman Sara Jacobs. 

Thank you, Congresswoman. Why did you and your colleagues decide to go out and commit civil disobedience, as you put it? 

SARA JACOBS: You know, for me, representing California where I’m proud to still have the right to access an abortion, for now, I felt like it was really important for me to go out and show that—that– we are not backing down and we’re not going to stop fighting until every person across this country has that same right to access abortion. 

You know, this fight is currently being fought on people’s bodies across this country. We are hearing horrific stories of people in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms who can’t get the care they need and so it only felt right for those of us who are in Congress, for those of us who have power, to put our bodies on the line to fight and protect for those who can’t do that right now. 

REISER: Is this the first time you’ve been arrested for doing something like this? And would you be willing to do it again, if you had to? 

It was my first. I got some very angry text messages from my parents after, but, look, I think that we are in an incredibly important fight about the fundamental rights of at least half of our population. And even those of us who are not currently impacted because we do live in blue states, that right is not guaranteed if there’s a federal abortion ban and we know all of us are impacted and so I think it’s important we all do everything we can to fight and get back these rights that, you know, people have had for at least 50 years before this. 

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